What does a Landscape Designer do? | With Fi and Jules of Sticks + Stones Landscape Design - Episode 10 (Season 4)

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Published Nov 6, 2017, 5:00 PM

Julia Levitt and Fiona Ericsson are the team behind Sticks and Stones Landscape Design, and in this episode, we’re talking about what a Landscape Designer does, and how they can help your renovation or new home. 

Now, as we near the end of Season 4, we’ve had some amazing professionals sharing incredibly useful information with us about what they do, and how their role can help you in your project. 

And in Episode 6, Luke Jones of Larc Collective talked through the role of a Landscape Architect in helping you with your outdoor areas and exterior landscape design. 

Landscape Designers are another discipline, or profession, that can assist with the design and construction of your garden and outdoor areas.  

So, I’m really excited to sit down in this episode with Fiona and Julia from Sticks and Stones Landscape Design. 

Sticks & Stones Landscape Design is a Sydney-based dynamic and contemporary young business with an ambitious and energetic approach. Their stunning work has been published in several magazines including House & Garden, Inside Out and Better Homes & Gardens. 

The team consists of Fiona Ericsson and Julia Levitt, who met while studying Landscape Design and Horticulture.   

With Julia’s passion for plants and Fiona’s background in Fine Arts, they discovered that together they had something special. They decided to harness their complementary talents and take the industry head on. 

In 2014 Fiona was recognised with a Design Award for her creative and innovative use of space.  

Shortly afterwards, Sticks & Stones designed a show garden at Grand Designs Live Expo, Sydney. I remember seeing it at that Grand Designs Live Expo that year. There were these amazing free-standing installations done by various landscape designers, all using the same floor area. I saw Sticks and Stones design as this fresh, light, clever display. It was this gorgeous urban landscape, with a pizza oven and BBQ, and cluster of pendant lights set against beautiful textured brickwork and sculptural planting. So much functionality and fun squeezed into a compact space.  

And the wins keep on coming … In 2016 Julia celebrated an Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) National Design Gold & Best In Category Awards. 

Sticks & Stones’ projects include such varied work as designing office spaces in Fox Studios around a bespoke hanging garden, to lush Northern Beaches home gardens and compact courtyards in the Inner West.  

All of their designs, however, hinge on the two fundamental principles of garden design: creating a space that is aesthetically pleasing, while still being highly functional.  

This achievement comes about through close discussion with the clients around their needs, a well-balanced canvas of materials and plants and, above all, attention to detail.  

Sticks & Stones approach each project individually and work to seamlessly connect architecture with the landscape, to create a unique space that transforms the clients’ experience of outdoor living.  

Because this is the thing isn’t it … most homeowners I speak to are seeking a beautiful finished new or renovated home. And nothing ‘finishes’ a home or … and nothing improves the quality, functionality and feel of your home - like the landscape design  

It’s great to sit down with Julia and Fiona and discuss the role of a Landscape Designer, and how they can help in your project.  

This is about the WHO, the WHAT, the WHEN and the WHY of using a Landscape Designer for your renovation or building project.   

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